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My Me-Too Moment Lasted Six Months

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Surviving sexual abuse.

Those three words define part of my existence.

I’m a survivor of sexual abuse. Yet I’m still “surviving” it because the scars will always be with me.

I was emotionally and sexually abused 19 years ago. For a long time, I never shared with anyone what had…

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For many years I was a reactor. I reacted rashly and in anger when things were out of my control. If someone got me angry, I reacted in a negative way by yelling and exhibited aggressive behavior.

I grew up in a dysfunctional home.

I used to have a victim…

I wish I had been prepared for the grueling journey

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“Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right.” — Amy Joy

I’ve been writing for over 10 years. Yet, most of that writing has included fiction, poetry, product descriptions, social media posts, ad copy, and content for client’s blogs and websites.

I thought that experience prepared me to…

Effective communication can improve your life and career

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Communication skills are an important factor in having successful relationships — both in your personal life and career. To enhance your communication skills, you must speak, listen, write, and read well.

There are three communication channels to cultivate in your life:

· In-Person

· Spoken Word

· Written Content

To…

People Need More Encouragement in Our World

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We’re living in crazy times.

Life seems to become more unsettling every day. Fuel prices are continually rising. Inflation is on the rise. People are so divided.

With all these things occupying our minds — and our daily stresses in normal life — we could benefit from becoming better encouragers…

4 Tips to Help You Navigate Through the Craziness of Life

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When life throws you a curveball, how do you react?

The younger me would have been more unstable and overly emotional. …

Including My Personal Recipe for Allergy Relief Tea

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I’m a tea drinker. I drink a combination tea each day to help with my allergy issues. That includes alfalfa tea, peppermint tea, honey, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar. I also love drinking herbal teas.

Since many of my articles lately have been on heavier topics, I thought I’d…

Start Praying for Them

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“Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” — Don Miguel Ruiz

Talking about people is never a good…

Taking Time to Rejuvenate Your Soul and Refocus Your Mindset

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Social media and TV can become huge wastes of time in your life each day.

According to Statista.com, “The average daily social media usage of internet users worldwide amounted to 145 minutes per day.” Berkely.edu

It’s Only Through God’s Strength and Power

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Forgiving people is not easy. There have been people in my life who’ve hurt me severely. I’ve only been able to forgive through the power and strength of the Holy Spirit.

“Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave…

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